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Whether formal or informal, behavior evaluation is being done in some form at shelters nationwide. Learn both the benefits and limitations of this type of program, and just what, exactly, you can expect to learn about an animals temperament when conducting one.

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  • The Courageous, the Polite, the Einsteins

    East Bay SPCA in California launched a canine behavior modification pilot program that trains volunteers to help its shelter dogs overcome behavioral issues that might otherwise keep them from finding new homes.

  • Minding Their Manners

    Professional dog trainer and Pets for Life consultant Kate Jackson shares her technique for teaching dogs to sit and wait patiently when someone approaches to open their cage door.

  • Behavior Department: Just the Facts, Ma'am

    Dog evaluations are sometimes treated as more of an art than a science, but the Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program aims to eliminate the guesswork by focusing on behavioral facts and the uniqueness of each dog.

  • Behavior Department: A Gentle Kind of Cat Care

    Researcher Nadine Gourkow developed a unique scale to assess emotional states in shelter cats and confirmed that mental stimulation and gentling techniques both improve cats’ emotional well-being and reduce the incidence of URI.

  • Behavior Department: Food for Thought

    A behavior modification program designed to address food guarding behavior in the shelter environment.

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